Feb 27, 2013 7:00am PST
senate republicans, too, including from the likes of john mccain, who don't want to see that much power go to the president. they're circulating an alternative plan that would cut from federal employee retirement benefits, food stamps and other measures in order to get to that $85 billion in cuts. there is no unanimity among senate republicans but as we know as we're seeing right now none of this is going to pass anyway this week. we'll probably head into the sequester and then when it comes time to negotiate, the continuing resolution, and avert a government shutdown on march 27th. >> one of the things we've seen over the last couple weeks, karen, is increasing nervousness by governors all around the country. new jersey's chris christie took aim at washington during his budget address yesterday. i want to play a little clip of that. >> their failure to take on the nation's budget challenges and address the unsustainability of the nation's long-term liabilities is nothing short of inexcusable. it's pastime for washington to get its act together. that will take two things. bipartisanship
Feb 15, 2013 7:00am PST
guy from running against you. but this should not be politics. >> senator john mccain's response to politics, you played politics, too. >> in 1989 they filibustered or basically stopped him from coming to the floor of the senate. we didn't have a secretary of defense for three months. it didn't seem to bother harry reid or carl levin at the time. >> i want to bring in david nak can amura. >> hi, chris. >> what happened here? did the president misread how this was going to be? >> this has been something that he's dealt with for the past couple years. the white house thinks that republicans are purposefully trying to sort of bottle up not only these higher level appointees but lower level judges. it's not that they didn't expect it. we got an e-mail yesterday from senior white house officials saying, take a deep breath. it's going to happen. they are sort of trying to influence stories to make sure it doesn't take on a momentum of their own and go off the rails. it is a problem. you see the president during his state of the union address saying in terms of gun control and other vot
Feb 14, 2013 10:00am EST
hagel is at the center of a senate showdown. even senator john mccain now backing away from his no filibuster stance of weeks past. the majority leader harry reid took to the floor of the last hour to make this impassioned plea. >> in less than two hours, our country will be without a secretary of defense. there is never in the history of the country been a filibuster of a defense secretary nominee.